Hey all! After our previous blog posts about getting around in Sofia with the public transport or on foot, it is high time we tell you about the easiest way to get to or from Sofia Airport. With this post, we are taking you on a ride with the Sofia metro! We have prepared for you our next dose of useful tips and tricks for visiting Sofia.
It now takes around 30 minutes to get from the airport to Serdika station in the city centre (and vice versa). There are actually a couple of other options to reach the city centre from the airport – by taxi or bus (you can find more information here) – but taking a taxi holds certain dangers to your wallet and there are only two bus lines that operate from the airport, so the new metro might be your best option.
If you land at Terminal 2, just head left past Departures to the metro’s entrance at one side of the terminal. The station is called Sofia Airport (Летище София) and this is where your journey begins.
Of course, the journey must also start with a small dose of history, Free Sofia Tour style. As you enter, you will be welcomed by the statue of Orpheus.
He had a divinely gifted voice, one that could charm all who heard it. No god or mortal could resist his music; even rocks and trees would move closer to hear him. Orpheus is probably the most famous Thracian, whereas the story of his love for Eurydice is a timeless tragic love story.
Next to the statue of the enchanting Orpheus, you will find rather ordinary ticket vending machines. Another recently introduced high-tech innovation, these machines are fortunately very foreign-friendly, and they have a menu in English. If you are tech shy, you can head for the ticket office to find additional information and a person selling tickets. There, you can also purchase a multi-travel electronic card for the metro. A single electronic multi-travel card, pre-loaded with ten rides, costs 12 BGN to buy;
Vending machines for tickets and the ticket office, source: Free Sofia Tour
The new price for a one-time ticket is 1,6 BGN, but you need to know that luggage only travels for free if its dimensions are less than 60/40/40 cm. In case your luggage is larger, you will need to buy a one-time ticket for it as well, in order to avoid a fine of 40 BGN (you will pay the same fine if you yourself are caught without a ticket). Fines are given by ticket inspectors, whom you will easily recognize by their blue uniforms:
Once you have entered the metro station, you can find additional information about the metro lines, the stops, or the timetable, on signs like these ones:
You can also find your way on the map, or you can also do this online on the metro’s website, where you can find a virtual map. The Metropolitan website also offers a general scheme with a lot of curious facts. The first metro train is at 05:00 and the last at 24:00. Once inside the metro trains, electronic signs and voice announcements mark the current and next stations, as well as line connections.
Moreover, on every station you will find boards showing remaining time to the next trains, as shown on the picture below.
Do not be confused: the two trains marked above are headed in the same general direction (red line), but have different end stops: the first is going to the airport, whereas the second is going to the Business park. The scheme below demonstrates how the red line splits toward the end:
The intersection of the red and blue lines is Serdika station, where you can transfer from one line to the other. This is also where you need to get off if you are looking for the Free Sofia Tour. The starting point is just two minutes walking time from the station, as shown on the map below:
Hope that this was helpful. Have a safe journey and looking forward to seeing you!
Also check out our complete Sofia Airprot to City Center guide.